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By Mae Slater on
 June 19, 2024

Jim Jordan Warns Letitia James To Comply With Congressional Requests Or Face Subpoena

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan has issued a stern warning to New York Attorney General Letitia James, demanding compliance with his request for documents related to a criminal case against former President Donald Trump or face a subpoena.

Newsmax reported that Jordan has threatened to subpoena James if she does not provide the requested documents by July 2, which pertain to prosecutor Matthew Colangelo involved in Trump’s business records case.

Jordan sent a follow-up letter to New York Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday.

The letter threatened James with a subpoena if she failed to provide the requested documents regarding Matthew Colangelo. Colangelo is a top prosecutor involved in the case against former President Donald Trump.

House Launches Investigation

The saga began on May 15, when Jordan initially sought information about Colangelo. Colangelo’s career path included stints in James’ office, the Department of Justice, and later Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office.

Jim Jordan’s request has thus far gone unanswered by AG James. In his recent communication, Jordan emphasized a deadline of July 2 for James to comply, stressing the consequences of potential compulsory measures.

The crux of Jordan’s concerns, supported by House Republicans, centers on Colangelo’s job history. Colangelo's career moves raise questions about a pattern of targeting Trump specifically. Jordan noted what he viewed as an inappropriate focus on investigating Trump rather than prosecuting crimes generally.

Colangelo’s role in the investigation into the Trump Organization is significant. This investigation falls under James’ $450 million civil lawsuit against Trump and his company.

The former President was recently convicted of 34 counts of falsifying business records. This conviction has intensified scrutiny surrounding the figures involved in his prosecution.

Upcoming Judiciary Panel Testimonies

Adding to the ongoing drama, Matthew Colangelo and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg are set to testify before the Judiciary panel on July 12. This testimony is scheduled just one day after Trump’s sentencing in New York, where he will appear before Judge Juan Merchan.

The conviction and upcoming sentencing of Trump add weight to the Judiciary panel’s inquiries. Jordan’s letter to James described Colangelo’s recent work history. He argued that it demonstrates a preoccupation with Trump rather than with broader legal duties.

In May, Jordan highlighted in his letter that Colangelo’s past roles, both under James and the Biden Justice Department, involved leading efforts against Trump administration policies extensively.

Jordan’s concern is not merely with the case itself but what he perceives as a politicized and weaponized justice system. He suggests that the transition of a senior official from the Biden Justice Department to a key role in Trump’s prosecution enhances such perceptions.

This context reflects broader political tensions between the Biden administration and Trump’s political camp. House Republicans, led by Jordan, aim to scrutinize what they see as biased prosecutorial actions.

Alvin Bragg’s responsibilities include overseeing significant aspects of the case, with Colangelo’s involvement scrutinized at each turn.

Jordan's letter in May asserted that Colangelo’s "recent employment history demonstrates his obsession with investigating a person rather than prosecuting a crime." This influential statement encapsulates the main concern held by Jordan and the House Judiciary Committee.

Further, Jordan stated: "The fact that a former senior Biden Justice Department official — whose previous employment consisted of leading 'a wave of state litigation against Trump administration policies' — is now leading the prosecution of President Biden's chief political rival only adds to the perception that the Biden Justice Department is politicized and weaponized."

These sentiments underscore Jordan’s decision to press for a thorough examination of Colangelo's role in the Trump investigations.


To conclude, the confrontation between House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan and New York Attorney General Letitia James hinges on the transfer of documents involving prosecutor Matthew Colangelo.

Jordan’s follow-up letter issued a threat of a subpoena if James fails to comply by the July 2 deadline.

The case, involving Trump’s conviction for falsifying business records and Colangelo’s employment history, points to broader concerns about potential political bias within the justice system. This issue will unfold further with the scheduled testimonies of Colangelo and Bragg before the Judiciary panel on July 12.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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